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to the kelleys say jill kelley never had an affair with general allen, and the pentagon has found no evidence to the contrary, but sources say there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation. she turned over all the e-mails, including to general allen, never recognizing the impact they would have kelleys say jill kelley never had an affair with general allen, the sources say she never had an affair, but the sources say the e-mails had enough of an appropriate situation to warrant an investigation is enough evidence to warrant an investigation. >> general allen is doing an excellent job leading the forces. he is doing an excellent job and has my confidence to lead the fight, also, the fbi is looking into documents they found from the home, today, the pentagon suspended broadwell's security clearances, and the air force base revoked jill kelley's pass to the base, tonight, they issued a statement that general allen intends to fully cooperate with investigators and wants to resolve questions about the e-mails quickly. pentagon officials say that general allen is still running the war in afg
swirling around general david petraeus. john allen is now the subject of a pentagon investigation. it centers around hundreds, possibly thousands of e-mails sent to this woman. details of where she fits into an increasingly tangled web of relationships. i'll talk about all of this with the chair of the senate intelligence committee. dianne feinstein says it is like something off the front page of a tab roid mloid magazine and s demanding answers. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with stunning twists in the scandal that brought down the head of the cia, general david petraeus. another u.s. general is caught in the same tangled web. john allen, top commander in afghanistan, is being investigated by the pentagon for allegedly sending inappropriate e-mails to a married woman, the same woman whose complaint of threatening e-mails from general petraeus' lover cracked the scandal wide open. barbara starr is trying to sort this out for us. it is rather complicated, what's the latest you're getting? >> it is still the same fundamental question for the last
gulf. the pentagon says two iranian fighter jets fired on the u.s. predator surveillance drone. the drone was not hit and returned to its base. now iranian news agency quotes a top iranian military official is saying his country took decisive action against the drone. another top iranian general tells the news agency "if any foreign planes try to enter our country's space, our armed forces will confront it." the pentagon insists the drone was in international airspace east of kuwait. now, the pentagon spokesperson asked -- was asked if this attack amounts to an act of war. here's what he said. >> i'm not going to get into legal labels. the -- we have a wide range to protect our assets and the forces in the region, and we'll do so when necessary. we have communicated to the iranians that we will continue to conduct surveillance flights over international waters over the arabian gulf insistent with longstanding practice. >> barbara starr broke the story, and she joins us live from the pentagon. barbara, we know last december a drone went into iranian airspace, crashed. the pentag
. >>> iran says it will respond decisively to any act of transgression. it comes after the pentagon says two iranian fighter jets shot the a u.s. drone aircraft. it happened last thursday in international air space east of kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of iran. at the time the predator drone with his on a routine maritime surveillance mission. pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now. could this be considered an act of war? >> the pentagon spokesman george little was asked that yesterday and he deferred. he said he wouldn't go there. look, make no mistake, carol, this raises tensions in the persian gulf, doesn't it? bullets flying through the air. this is not what anyone wants to see in this vital oil shipping lane area. the iranians this morning saying they will respond to any further transgressions. the u.s. insisting it was in international air space, routine surveillance mission. i think the question is, what happens if this does happen again? you know, nobody really knows. will the iranians take more aggressive action? will the u.s. military respond? it's very concerning becau
sequestration would double the $500 billion in cuts the pentagon is already planning to make over the next decade. defense secretary panetta has not minced words. >> if sequestration goes into effect it's a disaster for national defense. >> reporter: the strategy of pivoting away from the wars in iraq and afghanistan towards the pacific and an emerging chinese superpower would come undone. >> all of that can go to hell if this congress doesn't face up and deal with the issue of sequestration. >> reporter: in this letter to senators panetta warned by the time sequestration was over the u.s. would have the smallest ground force since 1940, smallest navy since 1915 and smallest air force ever. a bleak prediction which ignores the quantum leap in weapons technology. as the president pointed out in the debate no other country comes close. >> we spend more on our military than the next ten countries combined. >> reporter: sequestration would not change that. according to the center for budget assessment it's not the size of the cuts about $50 billion a year that's damaging but the fact that they
. they have been handed over to the pentagon where they are being analyzed. i interviewed general petraeus and general alan several times. paula broadwell joined me for a conversation early this year. joining me from washington d.c., davidic nake a column else for "the washington post" and martha raddatz a senior affairs correspondent with abc news. two cbs colleagues, norah o'donnell my cohost and john miller correspondent at cbs news wh is frequently with me on cbs this morning. i'm please to do have all of them here. we'll be joined by norah and john in just a moment. martha tell me about general petraeus. do you know him. what is it about this story that surprises you most? >> well, i have known general petraeus and covered him in war zones for about a decade and what surprised me most is he seems like a man who is so disciplined and so careful about his image andbout his retation that it was jaw dropping to me when i first heard it. >> rose: so the question is what didn't you understand about him? >> well, i mean i may not understand everything about him now but i was surprised that
a little depressing here, but the report is from senator tom coburn. he's taking aim at wasteful pentagon spending. he says the department of defense has become the department of everything. take a look at some of the programs he found the pentagon had paid for in recent years including a symposium in which they discussed the topic "did jesus die for klingons too" on the implications for christi christianity if exterstrials were discovered. they also a studied slang on twitter. dod overhead is larger than the gdp of israel and the uae. he recommends $67.9 billion in savings in ten years are cut out of the pentagon budget by going afr some of the things he lists here. so a lot of wasteful spending here being highlighted over at the pentagon by a republican which is interesting. >> all right. eamon, thanks very much. maria. >> thank you so much. as you just heard, billions of dollars being wasted just in the defense department alone. yet, it is the tax revenue side of the fiscal fight that's getting all the attention, bill. >> it's always a time to put spending cuts front and center in this
everyone else. >> reporter: there is also a book that a navy s.e.a.l. wrote that the pentagon has said violated that same nondisclosure agreement. they are still weighing their legal options about what to do about that. we should mention, however, there is a movie come out about the raid on osama bin laden's compound. the big difference, it's been done with the pentagon's blessing. claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. >>> 7:32. renovations may have sparked a large house fire in san francisco. around 7:00 last night, flames shot out of the roof of the home on fernwood drive, not far from san francisco state university. part of the roof caved in making it unsafe for firefighters to enter the home. it had been vacant for years after the death of its owner. a contractor just bought the house and resumed renovations a few weeks ago. >> this house was on fire like i've never seen before. it was the most frightening thing i've ever seen t was unbelievable how hot and bright it was. >> reporter: neighbor the -- >> neighbors speculate the fire may have been spotted with the roof re
for reviewing pentagon spending that is unnecessary, duplicative, wasteful or simply not related to defense. we must refocus the pentagon on its true mission, fighting and winning the nation's wars. the report highlights waste in dozens of specific programs, they include research on what fish can teach us about democracy, a study of jargon used on twitter and how it differs across the country. a reality cooking show featuring grill sergeants. a so-called starship project that included a discussion involving klingons. the fact that of babies interacting with robots. and operating 254 grocery stores worldwide. jon: there also was criticism of knee newable energy projects. >> reporter: that's right. they say that is important but that the department of energy, not the pentagon ought to lead these efforts. he criticized the pentagon for buying chevy volts which he says cost too much to produce and are tw too expensive to buy. consumers show little interest. each car at $40,000 each could supply an entire platoon with brand-new rifles. jon. >> steve centanni thank you. jenna: a doogie howzer got awa
the pentagon scandal and why he wants to stop president obama's choice for secretary of state. >>> and target employees are fighting back after being told they will have to open stores on thanksgiving night. >> but we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >>> no one should leap to any conclusions until we determine what the facts are and we will. >> the pentagon responds to a growing scandal surrounding general allen and former cia director petraeus. >> sources tell cbs news that paula broadwell the alleged mistress of david petraeus warned general john allen that jill kelly was a seductress. >> allen denies any wrongdoing as investigators look through 20 20,000 to 30,000 pages of documents. >> president obama will hold a news conference today since being re-elected and it's expected he'll talk about the so-called fiscal cliff. >> the american people want action. >> the only thing standing between success and failure is presidential leadership. >> three people have died in central italy has people are affected by widespread flooding. >> the man who accused a
the pentagon. we'll bring you the very latest on this story as it develops. tracy: all right. well there is much more to cover this hour including rising talk about a recession again. liz macdonald reports on the sudden spike in the economists using the "r" word next. ashley: snow. you have putting a wet blanket for any hopes of economic improvement in the northeast. weather intelligence firm, planalytics will tell us about the companies being hard hit. my word, what kind of a winter will we face? as we do at this time every day look how oil is trading. it is up 3/4 of a percent, just up over $85 a barrel. we'll be right back tracy: we have breaking news. we have more details from the pentagon. now iran fired on a u.s. predator drone back on november 1st. this again according to pentagon spokesman george little. now the drone was an international airspace and we will of course continue to bring you more as the story develops but it happened back on november 1st, not today. ashley: very good. more economists are coming around to the idea that the u.s. economy is already in recession
. iranian warplanes opening fire an unarmed u.s. drone? the pentagon said it was flying over the gulf. that international waters. fortunately the drone was not damaged. jon: all this as the you know announce as fresh round of new diplomatic talks with iran next month. national security correspondent jennifer griffin live at the pentagon with more on this. this happened november 1st. why are we hearing about it now? >> reporter: that is a good question, jon. i don't have the impression that the pentagon wanted to talk about the incident. reporters were getting wind about the incident. were asking questions about and that's when we heard officially from pentagon spokesman george little. >> it will come up here that the white house might have asked you to muzzle this incident before the election. did the white house give you any guidance whether or not to release information on the incident or not? >> i think said this two, three, four, five, times, now. we don't typically comment on classified surveillance missions. i will not get into discussions at the classified level that occurred b
you're keeping us up to date. we have breaking news from the pentagon about the military's response to the terror attack in benghazi, libya. jennifer griffin will have more minutes away on that. and coming up next, a judge is a convicted killer after 37 years in prison. who he is accusing of helping to put him behind bars. >> i believe the statement of innocence -- i don't know 10,000 times since and i have taken that statement to the grave. shannon: a tangled tale of murder and justice delayed. the convicted killer is set free after spending 37 years behind bars for a double murder. but the plot is thicker than an agatha christie novel. his estranged wife apparently framed him for the crime. reporter: the murders happened back in 1962. but it was unsolved in 1972. they found a partial palm print belonging to bill mccumber. he worked as a gas station attendant where he had recently told of the victim's car. later, he confessed to the crime. at the time, the ex-wife worked for the sheriff's office, had access to the evidence, and she, herself, was expected of running a sex rang insid
to the department of defense the matter involving general john allen. >> the pentagon is rocked as a top u.s. general is linked to the petraeus scandal. >> the u.s. commander in afghanistan is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communications with jill kelley. >> the sex scandal began when kelley received harassing e-mails from petraeus's biographer and mistress paula broadwell. >> federal agents were at paula broadwell's north carolina home last night for more than four hours. >> the fbi agent who launched the investigation that led to petraeus resigning is himself being investigated. he sent shirtless pictures of himself to ms. kelley. >> where do shirtless pictures come into the scene? >> you know, remember when we said you couldn't have made this case up. >> president obama will likely nominate u.n. ambassador susan rice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. >>> the founder of the mcafee software company is wanted for questioning in a murder. mcafee hasn't been seen since. >>> a scandal on "sesame street." the puppeteer who performs as elmo admitted to having a r
the incident was an act of war, the pentagon spokesman said he would not legally label it, adding the state department had protested through the swiss protective powers, which have represented the u.s. government says the u.s. embassy takeover in 1979. >> the united states has communicated to the iranians and will continue to conduct surveillance over international waters over the iranian gulf consistent with longstanding practice and our commitment to the security of the region. >> in december a classified arkie 170 u.s. and aldrin and crashed inside a round of losing contact with analysts'. they've recovered it, largely intact. the pentagon did not a first disclose details of the more recent run incidence, setting it is classified. meantime, more rising tension is limning farther east with china as president obama prepares for a second term. a new report suggests china is two years away from applying nuclear ballistic missiles on submarines, missiles with a 4600-mile range. china recently unveiled a second sophisticated stealth fighter jet that industry experts say may have been developed
't learn about it until two-days after the presidential election that's because the pentagon spokesman george little just said the drone's mission was classified. back to you in new york. >>> peter doocy, live in washington, thank you. >> this disclosure by the obama administration after the election is what charles krauthammer is talking about this morning. he was giving his take on special report last night. this is an attempt to hide the information until after the election he says. >> let's start with the timing. remember the administration so-called politicizing foreign affairs over benghazi. we have an incident that occurs we have an election five days later we hear nothing about it until two-days after the election. we spent $60 billion a year. they didn't hide it until after the election. second is the response. that is an act of war. as a serious act of war we are the protectors and defenders in the shipping of the move. what is our response? we are going to continue as little. we let them know to continue on the flight. how about you shouldn't be doing this this is untolerabl
, the pentagon has released the time line on the attack of the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans were killed in the assault. the hour-by-hour timeline shows how top pentagon officials were informed on the attack hours after it started. the white house has been criticized to their response on the attack. >>> and guilty of liking vatican secrets to the media. a vatican court today gave the computer expert a two-month suspended sentence, meaning he wouldn't actually be going to prison unless he commits another offense. butler is serving 18 months behind bars. >>> and the united nations has declared today malala day, after the incident with a pakistani girl whose bravery has inspired the world. malala yousufzai was shot in the head by taliban militants, just for saying girls should be able to go to school. malala is recovering at a british hospital. and in this video, her father is showing her some of the get-well letters that have poured in. >>> first, there was sandy. then a nor'easter, residents in the northeast, well, they just can't get a break. some have suffered in the cold an
general caught up in the scandal that ended the career of cia director petraeus. the pentagon is investigating. >> reporter: in a new twist to the david petraeus sex scandal the pentagon says the top american commander in afghanistan general john allen, is under investigation for sending allegedly improper e-mails to jill kelley the florida woman who triggered the investigation that forced petraeus to resign. pentagon is reviewing between 20 and 30,000 documents involved, allen denies any wrongdoing and remains in his current position. late monday, agents spent five hours at the home of petraeus' former mistress, paula broadwell leaving this morning with several boxes after the fbi told abc news they discovered thousands of e-mails between broadwell and petraeus, detailing the affair. the affair came to light over the summer as part of an fbi investigation that began after jill kelley received threatening e-mails she believed were from broadwell. officials say well had classified material on her computer which is illegal, the fbi does not believe any of it came from petraeus,
the white house out of the fray. >> he has faith in allen. and i would refer you to the pentagon for the process under way with regards to general allen. the president was certainly surprised when he was informed about the situation regarding general petraeus on thursday. he greatly appreciates general petraeus's remarkable service to his country. but he's not going to make grand decisions about things based on, you know, two situations, two individual cases. he's focused on the missions that the military is tasked with. >> let's look at all that's happened. the pentagon is combing through thousands of pages of documents belonging to john allen. he's denied any wrong doing. a u.s. official tells nbc news that the documents could connect general allen to jill kelley. she's the same woman whose original complaint about harassing e-mails set off the initial investigation. e-mails that multiple law enforcement sources tell nbc was traced back to this woman, paula broadwell. she's admitted to an affair with dvp dp. last night fbi agents searched paula broadwell's home, the home she sh
. >> i would refer you to the pentagon for the process underway with regard to it. the pentagon and the ig on the one hand and the fbi in regard to general petraeus. >> i refer you to the fbi. as i understand it they have protocols in place for when the notify the legislative and executive branches of investigations. the fbi is the place to go in terms of explanation the protocols they follow. i would refer, that said earlier, to policies in place at the fbi for how they deal with notifications investigations. lou: as you saw and heard, a frustrating day for the white house press corps. the president spokesman however did not shy away from a question on this petraeus would testify in front of congress on benghazi. made it clear the administration is firmly supportive of petraeus' successor. he will be facing questions that are still lingering over if the cia refused requests for help on the ground on september 11 and why three days after that attack then director petraeus but in the attack in the flash mob incited by childish, amateurish, less than 14 minutes long youtube video.
powers, miller and our pentagon correspondent jennifer griffin. the factor will be right back. >> bill: first presidential news conference since last march. a republic strategist and kirsten powers, a democrat and fox news contributor. kristen and kirsten, sounds like aba is being introduced on the program. all right, powers. basically a waste of time, right? >> well, it wasn't a waste of time because there was one thing that the president said that added, i think, to the libya story when he was talking about susan rice and he basically was really offended that anybody would criticize susan rice for her statements that she made on the sunday shows and he said, you know, why is she being cite sized she went on these shows she knew nothing about benghazi. >> bill: why did she go on the shows then. >> right. exactly which raises the question. >> bill: let me set it up in case people didn't see it okay. >> bill: senator mccain and lindsey graham of south carolina are threatening to block the nomination of susan rice if the president wants her to be secretary of state which i don't think is
is implicated. the pentagon says general john allen apparently had inappropriate communication with the woman linked to the scandal. as fox's ainsley earhart reports, the fbi is busy with multiple investigations. >> reporter: fbi agents searching the home of paula broadwell, the woman whose affair with general david petraeus led to his resignation as the cia director. the agents went to her house in charlotte, north carolina on monday night. some of the general's former staff members and friends reportedly shocked that this woman was sending e-mails warning jill kelley to stay away from him. now, john allen is under investigation. defense secretary leon pan eight said he ordered an investigation of general allen on monday. the secretary who is a former cia director also talking about general petraeus' resignation. he says, quote, i think he took the right step and i think it is important when you are director of the cia with all the challenges that fess you in that position that personal integrity comes first and foremost. general petraeus was scheduled to testify about the benghazi attacks.
attack in benghazi, libya. the pentagon is investigating general john allen, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. in connection with the scandal that took down cia director david petraeus. >> general allen is entitled to due process in this matter. >> reporter: the fbi gave the penalty gone more than 20,000 pages of -- pentagon more than 20,000 pages of e-mail communication with allen and tampa socialite jill kelley. she went to the fbi with anonymous threatening e-mails and agents traced those to paula broadwell and uncovered her affair with petraeus. one defense official describes them as flirtatious. another official tells cbs news some of the e-mails were more than friendly exchanges and may have crossed the line. general allen says he did nothing wrong but for now the hearings on his promotion are delayed. >> at the request of the secretary of defense the president has put on hold the promotion to supreme allied commander in europe. >> reporter: both allen and petraeus wrote letters of support for her sister in a custody battle. even though david petraeus resigned lawmakers r
iran, after pentagon claims that iranian jet fighters fired on unarmed u.s. -- on an unarmed surveillance drone in the persian gulf. it took place just days before the presidential election. officials say the drone was in international air space when it was intercepted by iranian aircraft. the drone was not hit, and it returned safely to base. the u.s. has told iran that such surveillance flights in the gulf will continue. >>> check out this brand-new video of pakistani teen malala yousafzai. one month after her attempted assassination by the taliban. her father says she's recovering well, and that the thousands of cards, messages, and gifts she's received have helped her stay strong. malala is just 15 years old. reminded by that looking at this picture. and she has been a great crusader in the fight to get girls' education in pakistan in >>> so miami-dade is done but a handful of florida counties are still counting votes from tuesday's election. time is about up, though. those counties have to report unofficial tallies in the state by noon tomorrow. the results will be certi
news. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is standing by. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is standing by. and our chief political analyst gloria borger is standing by. gloria, let me start with you. you just spoke with some people up on the hill. what are they saying? >> i just spoke with diane finestein. she calls this a tragic story for a human being. she says people may start saying he's a scapegoat for benghazi and the controversy in benghazi. she says that is absolutely false. she said i know what the personal story is here. it is not a coverstory. what she did say to me, wolf, is that she didn't understand why the immediate departure. you know, there are congressional hearings that are coming up next week. mr. morell will be testifying on behalf of the central intelligence agency. she says there are going to be at least three hearings and they will continue to ask who did what when and what was missing. but she said this is a deeply personal story for him. he made an egregious personal mistake. and at this point she has not given any thought to who she
by the pentagon. all of the efforts or many of the efforts to pursue terrorists around the world are done now on the intelligence side as much or more than than on the pentagon side. general petraeus brought to this job a great deal of strength because of, obviously, his long career on the pentagon side in dealing with regular, non-intelligence parts of the defense establishment but also knowing a fair amount about intelligence as well. so this is a work in progress. general petraeus is say strong figure with a lot of influence. pretty tough for anyone who rises to senior levels was able to move things and continue to move things aalong in a way that most people think it needs to go. to have a robust intelligence community in the post-9/11 world. we'll have to say who the president comes up with. as we saw in the benghazi situation, but it wasn't the first time, there was some tension between petraeus and the cia and the intelligence community and the state department and the pentagon. the kind of things you normally see, but not the kind of thing that this president tolerates. we've seen he
with the latest on the scandal that keeps getting bigger and more bizarre, cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr and intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly. welcome back to you both. >> thank you. >> when we talked on friday night, it was all just breaking and it seemed a relatively straightforward scandal but none of us thought it would stay that way, and sure enough, tonight, a really bizarre twist. it's not john kerry possibly becoming defense secretary, nothing bizarre about that at all. what is bizarre is this revelation in the "wall street journal" and it's reported there, we haven't independently corroborated this, that apparently the fbi agent originally detailed to investigate this scandal ended up sending shirtless pictures of himself to this other woman, the other other woman. suzanne kelly, where do we even start with this? >> i don't know. you know, after doing this story like pretty much nonstop for four days, i keep thinking that we might be finding out the last sort of crazy detail and another one crops up. i have a feeling that's going to continue to happen for a couple
. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, john allen. the defense secretary leon panetta says the pentagon has launched an internal investigation into thousands of quote, inappropriate communications between general allen right there on the screen and that woman in yellow, kelly. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live in washington. you almost need like one of those boards to put all the pictures up, catherine. >> reporter: you do rick. beyond the issue of failing to notify congress about the fbi investigation the democratic chair of the senate intelligence committee is threatening to subpoena a report summarizing director petraeus's trip to libya when he personally looked into the fwauz gauze attack. he personally interviewed cia staff on the ground in libya including the station chief and the report may be only in unfinish draft form. the departure was sudden and unexpected even by the director. so far virtually every known investigative thread in the case now leads back to jill kelly, a woman described as an unpaid social liaison for the military in tampa, florida. thi
're going to have more on that in a moment. but first, we go to our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. she has more on this developing story, breaking headline after headline today. barbara, where is general allen right now? what is his reaction to these allegations of potentially inappropriate e-mails? >> reporter: well, erin, general allen is said to be here in washington. in fact, he flew here from afghanistan, because on thursday he was supposed to have that senate confirmation hearing to become the military head of nato, all of that now on hold. sources close to general allen have told our own nick paton walsh that allen says he did not have an affair with jill kelley, a pentagon official has also said directly that general allen denies any affair, any extra marital involvement with jill kelley. but look, erin. the reality here is, defense secretary leon panetta ordered up a full-blown inspector general investigation, and a lot of people around the pentagon say leon panetta wouldn't have done that unless there was something that needed to be looked into. >> and barbara, what's yo
david petraeus, his successor john allen and two women. the fbi, cia, pentagon, the white house and congress. >> i am puzzled by what has occurred in the fbi investigation. >> reporter: the form e director admitted to an affair with broadwell which came to light when the fbi investigated what were described as jealous e-mails that broadwell sent to kelley. now allen is under investigation for sending e- mails to kelley. authorities are scouring 20 to 30,000 pages of document. >> it makes you wonder how he would have the time to do it and motivation to do that from afar. >> reporter: the news about allen which president obama learned about the same day petraeus resigned has put allen's nomination to be nato's stream commander on hold. he remains on duty in afghanistan. >> the president has great confidence in the military. great confidence in his commanders and will continue to have that confidence. >> reporter: defense officials tell cnn there's a distinct possibility this is connected to the petraeus fbi investigation. fbi agents removed property from broadwell's home on monday
are debating whether to charge her with a crime. jennifer griffin working this angle from the pentagon tonight. jennifer, she did have permission to have some classified information. it's just, well, they don't know which. >> well, she had permission until it was taken away in recent days due to this current fbi investigation. paula broadwell is an army military reserve lt. colonel who has security clearance to view classified information but not to take it home with her. the fbi says that there is no evidence so far that david petraeus shared classified documents with broadwell, shep. >> shepard: and the fbi director jennifer was on capitol hill today talking about -- talking to lawmakers about this investigation. >> that's right. after congressional leaders from the intelligence committees complained about not being informed until now. the leaders of the senate select intelligence committee senators dianne feinstein and cincinnati saxby chambliss released a joint statement in which they said, quote: today we received a comprehensive briefing from fbi director robert muller and the deputy di
these days. take a look at some of the spending that he found buried inside the pentagon's budget. coburn said he found spending by the pentagon and other departments of funding studies of babies interacting with robots, the air force spending money on studying the color of dinosaur feathers and darpa spends $6 million on a study of storytelling techniques and the brain. coburn said he or she identified about $67.9 billion worth of spending that he thinks over ten years can be easily cut out of the pentagon budget. and i want to leave you with one of the other items that he found here. this was kind of a whopper to a lot of us here in the office. he found that the pentagon had financed a seminar discussion and the topic of that discussion was, did jesus die for the cling-ones, too? and it was a discussion of whether or not -- what the implications are for christianity if extraterrestrial life is discovered? those are your taxpayer dollars at work. >> eamon jarvis, thank you very much. >>> sure, obama care may guarantee you health insurance. but what good is it if you can't get any health
at a relative's home in dca >> do you agree that this story is getting weirder by the the? >> and the pentagon continues to examine questionable emails exchanged between general john locke -- general john allen and jill kelley, who was a volunteer social liaison. no word on when petraeus will testify before congress. senator feinstein says his testimony will focus on the benghazi attack and not on his extramarital affair. sally kidd, wbal tv 11 news. >> and a casino announced a major expansion plan today, including hiring some 1200 new workers. we are joined now from our randle mills mall with more with david collins. >> they are even looking farther down the road of the expansion, including building a hotel and conference center next to the casino. ♪ >> know when to fold them, know when to walk away ♪ >> he took a chance of building a casino during a recession, to have table games and hired ball hundred more people for his maryland live location. >> what are we going to do with these 1200 new people? about 800 of them will be directly related to the table games themselves. >> as soon as t
the general than the e-mails that the pentagon says may be inappropriate. we are awaiting a statement from john allen. he denied any wrongdoing. hi-level briefings are scheduled on capitol hill where we find tracie potts. >> at least one man -- one member of congress has already spoken with the cia about the rolling controversy involving general the trade as and john allen -- general patreaus. >> there are questions about the nature of emails between general allan and joe kelly. one senior official says there were not explicit but used names like sweetheart and year. allen denies any wrongdoing. >> no one should be to any conclusions. his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> kelly is not a federal employee but suggested she has special privileges when completed to police about reporters. >> i am an honorary consul general. they should not be able to cross the property. >> the initial complaint kicked off an investigation that led to the discovery of an affair between the general and paul a brodwell. questions remain about whether he
era tax cuts, $110 billion cut from the pentagon and domestic programs, the end of long-term unemployment benefits, as well as the 2% cut in payroll taxes. all at once, it could be devastating. how do we avoid that? >> things have to thaw on capitol hill. >> compromise is not a dirty word. >> the pressure to get the deal done especially on a lame-duck congress will be intense but the dividing line is whether to give tax cuts to households making up to two ordered $50,000 a year or all americans. >> if you thought campaigns and with the election, think again. >> we have to get together and make it happen. >> fixthedebt.org is a collection of people lobbying for deal. -- a deal. helping to prevent a recession. today, the cda said they could push unemployment back up. the so-called gang of eight senators have started working on this. they do not reconvene until tuesday. they hope for a long term solution until congress takes over. >> the election is still not over in florida. votes have been counted inde county but in three other counties, the boats are still being tallie
up january 1 if congress doesn't act. plus, another $500 billion in cuts at the pentagon. boeing, the military's second largest supplier, already announced a second round of executive layoffs. >> nobody wants to see this fiscal cliff without a deal because the cuts are severe and the tax increases are severe and so we've got to find a path forward. >> reporter: on capital hill leaders signalled compromise. >> compromise is not a dirty word. i want to work together, but i want everyone to also understand you can't push us around. >> i'm not suggesting we compromise on our principles, but i am suggesting that we commit ourselves to creating an atmosphere where we can seek common ground where it exists and seize it. >> reporter: post election, the same president, the same balance of power in congress and the same problems that divided a nation. >> you might remember before the election the president said he thought he could come up with a deficit deal within six months of being re-elected. lynn, now the clock is ticking. >> now we'll see. thanks so much, tracie. >>> let's go back to
of defense of really becoming the department of everything. he says the pentagon's wasting a lot of money and he's found examples in the pentagon spending money on things like a study for a question of did jesus die for cling-ones, too. they've sponsored a discussion series in which they talk about the implications for christianity of the discovery of extraterrestrial life. they also financed studies of a new type of beef jerky that's flat, kind of like a fruit roll-up instead of round like a slim jim. all sorts of other details in this report. but in all seriousness, what coburn has done here is sort of laid out the pentagon's overhead budget just the overhead next to the gdp of several major nations. take a look at where the pentagon's overhead ranks. if you ranked it pass a country, it is just below portugal there and just above the country of israel if you look at dod overhead as a separate country. then coburn has some recommendations here for key areas to make savings, including canceling non-military research and development like that cling-on conference. phasing out dod schools th
the president will take a historic trip to cambodia and myanmar. >> the pentagon says an iranian military plane fired upon, but did not hit a u.s. drone aircraft in whatrrá1 officials say was international air space. theñ$er pentagon says waits goig 60 miles off the ire yawnin coast when hit. the u.s. told iran it will continue to conduct flights in international air space. >> big honor for billy deen thanks to success of his a's. >> what a stunning view from our east bay hills camera. we i'll have the accu-weather forecast coming up. >> not quite as gorgus of a site. this is with our emeryville camera, you can see it's slow going for drivers on the left side of the screen trying to make their way east right now. stay with us. abc 7 news continues right after this. >>> oakland a's manager being rewarded for the team's emprobable run to the playoffs. he directed apsc7]]t overhaul before this past season trading away a lot of the best-known players for little-known prospect that ended up blossoming. winning 94 games capturing the tight yismt dean known for his unconventional style and approach
. the pentagon revealing that iran has made a provocative, new move against the u.s. >> defense department officials just confirmed that iranian war planes shot at an american predator drone that was flying over the persian gulf in international air space last week. the drone wasn't hit. but the pentagon disclosure only came after news organizations learned of the attack. talk about the last to know. >>> several members of s.e.a.l. team six, including one on the mission to kill osama bin laden have been punished for allegedly disclosing classified information. the s.e.a.l.s, apparently con cu consulted with the makers of a video game. >>> sources tell abc news that talks are under way for a possible plea deal for congressman jesse jackson jr., who is currently being treated for bipolar disorder. the fbi is investigating jackson for using campaign funds for personal purchases. but jackson coasted to victory on tuesday, retaining his congressional seat, despite his absence on the campaign trail. >>> a new development this morning in the case of the tennis umpire accused of bludgeoning her 80
is an outspoken activist for girls' education which made her a target of the taliban. >>> the pentagon confirms iran shot at but milled a missed a u.s. drone. an iranian fighter jet shot at it last week. the pentagon says it kept quiet about the incident until yesterday because of restrictions on discussing classified surveillance missions. >>> 4:48. the u.s. military is taking disciplinary action against a group of navy seals because of what they did for a bay area company. it involves a realistic videogame called war fighter. electronics arts out of redwood city consulted with current members of the seal team 6 that is the team that took down osama bin laden. seven men have been reprimanded. four others are under investigation. separately other seals are in a movie called act of valor with the navy's approval. >> yes, there are seals that i think eight of them active duty navy seals one of them may be out now that participated in this. it started off as a recruiting film. >> the navy is not saying exactly what kind of classified information was given to electronic arts but the reprimands coul
and the military, the pentagon, was not sure what to do with journalists and they would exclude them from certain operations. i think the invasion of panama raised it again because, while it was supposed to have imbedded journalists, it was a fiasco and they were held on the base for many days. that prompted much discussion between the press and the pentagon about what to do for the next conflict. ground rules were agreed upon. in 1991, that is when it was instituted again. the difference in that conflict is it was instituted on a pool basis. camera people, journalists who were embedded with the military were expected to share all of their material with all of the other major outlets. that created a pool operation to handle all of their content. that morphed in the events after 9/11 into an embedded situation that was not pooled. >> when we first heard ramping up to 2003 the afghanistan invasion, the u.s. troops on the special groundwork special forces. it was such a small force. the issue really came up again in 2002 as people were preparing to embed in iraq. i heard about it and many of my peer
to be expan expanding. pentagon confirmed late tonight that the u.s. commander in afghanistan john allen is also under investigation. good evening everyone. >> we start with that breaking news tonight. the petraeus sex scandal now involves the current top general in afghanistan. secretary of defenseley on panetta ordered the investigation of general john allen. fbi found inappropriate communication between allen and jill kelly. pentagon would not disclose what they say. now kelly is the woman who received the threatening e-mails from general david petraeus's mistress. the mistress also being investigated. fbi wants to determine whether paula broadwell is in possession of any sensitive information. investigators searched her home in florida this evening and theory moving documents and video. confiscated several bi bins of evidence. petraeus started an affair with broadwell when head of the cia. he resigned on friday. broadwell was im bedd with him in afghanistan while working on his biography. he claims any confidential information she obtained was no the from him and must have
's doing and has done an excellent job, at eye save and i would refer you to the pentagon for the process under way with regards to general allen. >> all right. right now let's get to the heart of general allen's reported troubles, his relationship with jill kelley. cnn's nick payton walsh just spoke with a senior official who is close to general allen. nick, this official is certain he's claiming that there was no affair between kelley and the general. is that correct? >> reporter: absolutely. not even that there wasn't just an affair, there was not anything of romantic nature between them. absolutely clear his mind he views jill kelley as a bored socialite who many times knew lots of the commanders at centcom because of her role there as an honorary ambassador, organizing social events, but absolutely clear that the e-mail exchange between jill kelley and john allen were innocuous most of the time. at some point john allen may say to her, thanks, sweetheart, that's purely in this source's opinion because he's from virginia and that's a colloquialism many people might use from that area
nottingham on the story that is getting more complex by the day. >> reporter: the pentagon is investigating general john allen, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, in connection with the scandal that took down cia director david petraeus. >> general allen is entitled to due process in this matter. >> reporter: the fbi gave the pentagon more than 20,000 pages of e-mail communications between general allen and sociality jill kelley. kelley went to the fbi with the anonymous threatening e-mails. agents traced those to paula broadwell and uncovered her affair with petraeus. one defense official described the e-mails between general allen and kelley as flirtatious. another official tells cbs news, some of the e-mails were more than sexy exchanges and may have crossed the line. general allen said he did nothing wrong but for now the capitol hill hearings on his promotion are delayed. >> at request of the secretary of defense, the president has put on hold the promotion. >> general allen and petraeus wrote letters for a custody battle for her sister and more is wanted on the attack in benghazi,
is now under investigation by the pentagon's inspector general for what officials described as potentially inappropriate e-mails with one of the women directly involved in the case. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has more on this ever-widening story. >> reporter: the scandal involving two very different women, tampa socialite jill kelley and petraeus biographer paul broadwell ensnared not only petraeus but his successor. john allen who took over from petraeus in afghanistan and is the president's choice to be supreme allied commander of nato forces in europe, a nomination now temporarily on hold. >> sweetheart, thank you for all that you have done for me and for our precious -- >> reporter: the general is married with a sterling record but on a flight to australia monday night aides to defense secretary leon panetta said there was a dramatic turn in the case. fbi investigators uncovered potentially inappropriate communications between the general and jill kelley, whom he and his wife got to know in tampa. and were reviewing between 20,000 and 30,00
in afghanistan general john allen now under investigation for what pentagon officials have said may be inappropriate correspondence with jill kelley, a florida woman linked to david petraeus' sex scandal. fbi and cia are expected to brief lawmakers on the scandal. katie marzullo will have the latest in a live report in the next half hour. >>> good news for skiers. start hitting the slopes at heavenly and north star starting today the season is beginning a week earlier thanks to cold temperatures for snow making and the storms we had last week not all the runs will be open until they get more storms and more snow but enough for visitors to get an early taste of winter squaw valley set to open this weekend bore real opened last -- week. >>> >>> overnight the problem with the prius and other cars leading toyota to recall millions of vehicles around the globe. >>> welcome back. temperatures above average, low 70s in many areas, mid to upper 60s in places like san rafael, richmond, napa, as we head through the next three days, temperatures are going to stay mild even with the system brin
of state hillary clinton will testify on benghazi next month. here is the latest from the pentagon on the petraeus scandal. first let's get to katherine who is live in washington. katherine, the scope of all of this is pretty unusual. >> well those two classified hearings bring together the government's top intelligence and law enforcement officials. what was clear was the president's comments on ambassador susan rice is really getting some traction. one republican alleging that, quote, the president misinformed and lied to the american people over the benghazi affair. what was also clear is that the president wants to promote ambassador susan rice. even though she said benghazi was a spontaneous attack when it seemed clear it was terrorism. >> president obama has the gal to float the name of secretary of state, the name of the person who is the actual vehicle used to misinform the person disash dasht american people during this crisis. >> that's a reference to ambassador rice's appearance less than a week after the benghazi attack. the republicans charge that the story was not tha
the pentagon called potentially inappropriate communications between the general and jill kelley who he and his wife got to know in tampa, and were reviewing between 20 and 30,000 pages of documents, including e-mails over two years. officials say some were flirtatious. the general strongly denies an improper relationship. the fbi discovered the e-mails during its investigation of kelley's e-mails. sparked by her complaints about anonymous threats which turned out to be from paula broadwell. they say they found no wrongdoing by general allen, but turned the files over to the pentagon, which monday ordered its inspector general to invest gate at the same hour, fbi agents were sweeping through paula broadwell's north carolina home, carrying out bags and boxes of the materials. officials say she consented to the search to make sure they had not overlooked any documents before closing the investigation. meanwhile, petraeus' predecessor at the cia said petraeus had no choice but to resign. >> i think it's important, when you're director of the cia, with all the challenges involved in that position,
with general allen, and the pentagon has found no evidence to the contrary, but sources say there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation. >> general allen is doing an excellent job leading the forces. he certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and continue the fight. >> reporter: also today, they looked into documents they took from broadwell's home, but so far found no evidence of any highly classified. but today, broadwell's security clearance was suspended. and jill kelley's pass to the base was revoked. tonight, a statement was issued that general allen intends to fully cooperate with investigators and wants to resolve questions about the e-mails as quickly as possible. pentagon officials say that he is still running the war in afghanistan, but it could affect his nomination. also, nato has confirmed the name of the person involved. described as a veteran agent. >> all right, andrea mitchell as the story continues to develop, thank you. >>> now back to the president's new conference today which covered a lot of ground and at times got both heated and personal. o
. >>> and the pentagon says a u.s. drone was fired on by iran in the international air space over the persian gulf last week. now the timing of this disclosure is raising questions tonight. we have our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel with more. >> reporter: brian, this mission was classified. the predator drone was not even hit, let alone shot down. so why talk about it now? it seems that the pentagon is trying to give a very public warning to iran that if this kind of thing happens again, the u.s. could respond militarily. they may also want the american public to know this is going on in case we wake up one morning and hear there has been an exchange of fire between the u.s. and iran. allocatio the indications are t iran, containing their nuclear weapons, is an issue. >> thanks for your reporting on it tonight. >>> out west, high drama in a courtroom in arizona, as the man accused of shooting congresswoman gabrielle giffords in the head, wounding a total of 13, killing six others, received his sentence today. he looked the victims in the eyes as how they say they changed their lives. good
. automatic spending cuts, 500 billion of which will hit the pentagon. congress has got to deal with these things. are they willing to compromise? >> we won't solve the problems of our fiscal imbalanceover night and certainly won't do it in a lame-duck session of congress and it won't be solved by taking a plunge off the fiscal cliff. what we can do is avert the cliff in a manner that serves as a down payment on and a catalyst for major solutions enacted in 2013 to begin to solve the problem. >> those automatic spenting cuts that i talked about that will hit the pentagon, that was all part of the deal to try to bring down the deficit. before the election, president obama said if re-elected, he thought he could get a deficit deal within six months. now the clock is ticking. >> thank you, tracy. >>> a 17-year-old girl managed to break free of her attacker after police say she was assaulted as she studied at a public library. patrons at the thomas jefferson library in falls church said they heard screams coming from a restroom just before closing tuesday night. the girl told police
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while the pentagon inspector general looking at these e-mails people inside the pentagon close to general allen saying they are innocuous and flirtatious which is behavior unbecoming an officer and put him in some trouble according to the military justice. for now they're looking into it. >> rose: if i said this is a human tragedy, would you all agree. >> i would say this is a profound human tragedy. and i think if you look at in life, if we had rewind and we said gee, you know, would i have send those letters to ms. kelly and if i was ms. kelly and was now under this kind of scrutiny, would i have marched into the fbi and said take care of this person. and if i were general petraeus and if i were, and you see when you start to pull that thread you don't know what's going to unravel. it's like the thread on the hem of your coat and you say it's bothering me and you yank it off and the whole coat unraffles and there's a pile on the floor. that's what we're seeing and it's destroying over life it seems to touch here. it's sad because we're losing a lot of talent over stuff that
at the pentagon for us. good morning. tell us, what is the status of the investigation right now? >> well, good morning, alina. "the new york times" is now reporting this morning that the investigation actually began some months ago. but, again, the questions continue to mount. it wasn't until election night that the director of national intelligence, james clapper, was informed that this was all going on. the white house informed the next day,and the president the day after that. so how you have an fbi investigation, which whatever went on did involve looking into the matters of general david petraeus, your cia director, and the president isn't informed. this is one of the key questions congress, the congressional committee's concerned, they weren't informed. so expect to see a lot more about this for the next many days. >> barbara, let's talk a little bit more about that. as you mentioned the white house wasn't notified until 5:00 p.m. on election night. the president wasn't told until the thursday after election day. house and senate intelligence committees weren't told until last week. i kn
-designed iranian warplanes fired and missed the drone as it flew in international air space. the pentagon says this will not change america's mission in the region. >> the united states communicated to the iranians we'll continue to conduct surveillance flights in international waters over the arabian gulf consistent with long standing practice in our commitment to security in the region. martha: peter doocy is live in washington. if this happens as we are now learning over a week ago, why didn't when find out about it before the election? >> reporter: the pentagon says they kept the lid on details of this incident until yesterday because the drone mission was classified. but a spokesman said it was a routine surveillance mission to monitor maritime shipping and this unmanned, unarmed drone never flew over iranian turf. >> our aircraft was never in iranian air space. it was always flying in international air space. the international recognized territorial limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit. >> reporter: monday was the first time the iranian
security correspondent jennifer griffin reports from the pentagon. >> at 4:50 a.m. on november 1, just days before the u.s. presidential election, two iranian frog foot fighter jets like these intercepted and fired twice upon an unmanned, unarmed u.s. predator drone over the persian gulf. it is the first time the iranians have ever fired on a u.s. drone. the shots missed on both attempts and iran's fighter pilots briefly pursued the drone which land safely at an undisclosed location. >> the incident occurred over international waters, approximately 16 nautical miles off the iranian coast line. our aircraft was never in iranian air space. it was always flying in international air space. the internationally recognized territorial limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast. and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit. >> asked whether the i want was an act of war, the pentagon spokesman said he would not legally label it, adding the state department had protested through the swiss protective powers, which have represented the u.s. government in tehran since the u.s. embassy takeover in 1979.
to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen. >> the pentagon is rocked as a top u.s. general is linked to the petraeus scandal. >> u.s. commander in afghanistan is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communications with jill kelley. >> the sex scandal began when kelley received harassing e-mails from petraeus' biographer and mistress paula broadwell. >> fbi agents were at paula broadwell's north carolina home last night for more than four hours. >> the fbi agent who launched the investigation has sent shirtless pictures of himself to jill kelley. >> you know remember when we said you couldn't have made this case up. >>> president obama will likely nominate u.s. ambassador susan rice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. >> the founder of the mcafee software company is wanted for questioning in a murder. mcafee hasn't been seen since. >>> evacuated south of san francisco, huge water main break, cars up to their tires in water and mud. >>> a flight in brazil almost ended in tragedy and every dramatic moment, all of i
to grow more bizarre by the day. first stop, pentagon and cnn's chris lawrence. so, chris, what specifically are investigators looking for in those messages? morality aside, how serious of a concern is an extramarital affair? >> it's very serious in the military. you're talking about an active duty officer, carol. and under the uniform code of military justice, you can be prosecuted for adultery. john allen is a married, fo four-star general who has been running the war in afghanistan. he had already flown from afghanistan here to washington. that's how quickly all of this broke down. he was already here in washington just 48 hours away from starting his senate confirmation hearing to perhaps become the head of nato. now that this has all broken, secretary panetta has gone to the president and asked that his nomination be put on hold. they're still keeping him as the head of nato because they've got another confirmation hearing for allen's successor. but right now this has really thrown the whole plan of succession into a state of flux right now. >> chris lawrence live at the pe
director david petraeus's job. the pentagon now investigating general john allen. you know who he is? the top commander in afghanistan, for allegedly exchanging thousands of possibly inappropriate e-mails with, this woman, jill kelly, tampa, florida. she is a close friend of the petraeus family who sparked initial investigation into the cia director. that is what we've been told so far. follow the bouncing ball. it is a tuesday. martha: try if you can, right? good morning i'm martha maccallum. you will need a flow chart to follow this story as it develops because the cast of characters in this growing saga. the pentagon we're told is sorting through 20 to 30,000 pages of e-mails between this woman and general allen. she got, the fbi involved in the whole thing because she said that she was receive ofing harassing e-mails from this women, petraeus's biographer and ex-mistress, paula broadwell. bill: got all that? martha: i think so, you need a pen. catherine herridge is live in d.c.. tell us where we are today on the investigation. where is it. >> reporter: thank you, bill and good mo
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